Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wrote a letter to President Donald Trump on Sunday, asking him to reconsider his Tuesday visit to Kenosha, citing concern over what the president’s visit would mean for the state.
“I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing. I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together,” Evers’ said in an official statement.
“Now is not the time for divisiveness. Now is not the time for elected officials to ignore armed militants and out-of-state instigators who want to contribute to our anguish.”
Evers also said that a visit from Trump would force the state to divert recovery resources.
Evers said that he has called the Wisconsin legislature to work on a policing accountability and transparency reform package on Monday, noting he would “welcome” the “support of these initiatives.”
The White House released a statement hours after Evers letter was sent that the president will still be visiting Kenosha.
“The White House has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who have welcomed the President’s visit and are longing for leadership to support local law enforcement and businesses that have been vandalized,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said, according to CNN. (RELATED: ‘Everybody Is Afraid’: Kenosha Residents Appear To Pivot Toward Trump Due To Democratic Leadership Amid Riots)
“President Trump looks forward to visiting on Tuesday and helping the great city heal and rebuild.”
Trump announced Saturday his plans to visit Kenosha to meet with law enforcement and survey damage from recent riots, according to CNN. It is unclear whether the president will meet with the family of Jacob Blake, according to Deere.